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Simon Cameron's Plantation Estate - Donegal
Lancaster PA Bed and Breakfast

The Cameron Estate Inn was once a vast plantation covering 1200 acres of rich Pennsylvania farm land in western Lancaster County.

Born out of several farms surrounding the Inn, the plantation encompassed the Mansion House (now the Inn) several Barns, Mills, Carriage houses and Blacksmith Shops.

Now "Donegal' is the Cameron Estate Inn and serves as lodging, a restaurant open to the public and an event venue for celebrations, weddings, amnniversaries and birthdays.



The Cameron Estate Inn is conveniently located to Harrisburg Pa, Hershey Pa and York Pa for receptions, Banquets, Parties and special events

  • Year round Lancaster Pa. Lodging
  • Two Rooms with Jacuzzi Tubs
  • Fireplace Rooms
  • Hot-served Breakfast
  • Free Wi/Fi
  • King Size Beds
  • Wedding Package Price:  from $58
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Cameron Esate Inn

Simon Cameron's Donegal Plantation
Cameron Estate Inn


The Cameron Estate Inn was once a vast plantation covering 1200 acres of rich Pennsylvania farm land in western Lancaster County.

Born out of several farms surrounding the Inn, the plantation encompassed the Mansion House (now the Inn) several Barns, Mills, Carriage houses and Blacksmith Shops. At its zenith the plantation known as Donegal was a working farm with the major crops being tobacco, wheat, corn and watercress. In addition to crops J. Don Cameron (Simon Camerons son) bred award winning Trotting Horses, Thoroughbreds and Welsh ponies for show and racing. Don Cameron planted 100 acres in blue grass to breed his Thoroughbreds.

The estate currently has five remaining buildings, underground armory, and a water tower. The buildings still present are the main house, summer kitchen, carriage barn, tool shed and pump house. An old drawing of the estate shows several other buildings whose remains can be seen during the summer when the foundations heat up and burn through the grass.

The main house was built in 1805 and expanded over the many years to its current size of approximately 12,500 square feet. The plantations house was a private residence until Mary Camerons estate bequeathed 15.25 acres of the property to Elizabethtown College in 1961.. The mansion was converted into a country inn in 1981 by Lancaster County culinary celebrity Betty Groff along with her husband Abe. The Groff's sold the inn in 1996.

Today his home has been transformed into the Cameron Estate Inn, which presents a world of perfect solitude with its giant shade trees of hemlock, oak and maple, spring gardens of irises, peonies and bleeding hearts and a walled rose garden. An old stone bridge arches over a meandering stream that bisects the 15-acre estate.

Visitors at the Cameron Estate Inn may wander the beautifully landscaped grounds of the Inn and those of the historic Donegal Scottish Presbyterian Church. Outside the gates, one can saunter along an avenue of toweringmaples planted by Cameron, who got wind of the imminent passage of a bill encouraging farmers to beautify the roads by offering $2 for each tree planted. He proceeded to plant thousands on the roads leading to Donegal, only to find the new law stipulated that the trees had to be inside one's fences.

James Donald Cameron, who expanded the mansion to its present scale, succeeded his father as senator and served as Secretary of War under President Ulysses S. Grant; James McCormick Cameron, grandson and president of the Cameron's Dauphin Deposit Bank; and Mary Cameron, granddaughter, civic benefactor and last of the clan, all made their contributions to the family homestead. No major exterior alterations have been made since 1918.

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